I am a resident of Akinsdale, living as close as anyone to the pickle ball courts.
I was very angry when I saw that the City of St. Albert is paying out $98,000 for a sound barrier for the two people whose life is disrupted because of the noise, cheering, and the sound of people enjoying life. The people who partake in the game are the nicest people you could ever meet. The club have done everything to accommodate the few people who do not like the court being in the park close to where they live.
In this economy, where so many people are hurting economically, so many other not-for-profit groups having their grants cut, I think that the City could have used that money more wisely.
I wished the City would have canvases the residents close to the court, as I for one would have said it’s a really nice change to see people using and enjoying the facilities instead of seeing many drug deals going down.
I have lived at the same address for 22 years and have had to witness many unsavoury things going on in the park.
The pickle ball was a very welcomed change which does not affect me in the least. In fact I find it a benefit to our community
Beryl Farley, St. Albert